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2018 08 – EFA Mailer

Sep 6, 2018 | Comments Off on 2018 08 – EFA Mailer

Statista issues its annual estimates of ecommerce Statista publishes an annual estimate of ecommerce turnover per country. This year it estimates global market volume at US$636,087m, most coming from China (

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2018 07 – EFA Mailer

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The African Union (AU) Conference on Ecommerce The AU and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) held a 3 day conference in Nairobi from the 23-25 July. The Ecommerce Forum Africa was invited to contribute, and I moderated one panel and sat on another (my presentation will be available on the EFA website).

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2018 06 – EFA Mailer

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Breaking News Readers will have seen that our Minister for Trade, Rob Davies, announced on Sunday that SA would sign the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCTFA) that day now that the necessary legal checks have been done to ensure that it is in line with the Constitution and relevant laws. He then went on to…

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2018 05 – EFA Mailer

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The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect Readers will recall that we have dealt with this EU regulation a number of times since the Newsletter was launched two years ago. Unfortunately, this regulation is not just an interesting European phenomenon with no impact on businesses outside the EU. Readers will probably have…

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2018 04 – EFA Mailer

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Welcome to the April edition of the EFA Newsletter This month we will concentrate on the issues raised at the 3rd Annual Ecommerce Week held by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva from the 16 – 20 April. Both our Co-Chairman, Dylan Piatti, and I attended the Week of panels and…

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2018 03 – EFA Mailer

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EFA at a UN meeting on ecommerce I attended a meeting of the United Nations Industrial Organisation (UNIDO) Committee on ecommerce and the BRICS countries on 19-20 March in Vienna at their invitation. The Chinese and Russians provided the largest delegations. Brazil, India and SA had 2 delegates each (the other SA delegate was from…

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2018 02 – EFA Mailer

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Breaking News Ecommerce Africa Safe.Shops to launch on 5 March! Last month we outlined how our trustmark, which is called Ecommerce Africa Safe.Shop, will operate, and why it is important for the ecommerce sector in SA. We emphasized that creating greater trust in e-shops leads to increased turnover. Consumers who trust a shop or a brand buy…

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2018 01 – EFA Mailer

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Trustmark for South Africa! EFA has been working hard during the past year to prepare for the launch of a South African trustmark. The main aim of EFA is to help increase shoppers’ trust in ecommerce. We looked at a number of solutions, and identified the best – Safe.Shops – which will be branded Safe.Shops.Africa…

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2017 06 – EFA Mailer

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EFA Attends Government Meeting on African eCommerce and Infrastructure Financing Dylan Piatti, EFA Co-Chair, was invited to present to a meeting held by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) on 20 June. The event was on “making the G20 agenda relevant for Africa with…

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2017 05 – EFA Mailer

May 1, 2017 | Comments Off on 2017 05 – EFA Mailer

EFA Attends Government’s Road Show on ICT Strategies The Department of Telecoms and Postal Services (DTPS) issued a draft national e-strategy, e-government, and ICT SMME Support Strategy on 31 March (see, and has started a series of Roadshows with a two-day meeting in Gauteng on 8-9 May. Our Co-Chair, Dylan Piatti, attended the first day…

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